This site features a handicapped bathroom design guide, remodeling tips, ADA guidelines, product reviews for handicap showers, tub seats, handicap toilet, grab bars, sinks, flooring, luxury bathrooms and more.
Designing a Handicapped Bathroom
A well-designed handicapped bathroom provides a safe and accessible place to take care of your daily needs. Many people are now planning to age in place, making planning and designing for future needs and accessibility a priority. Whether you are planning a new construction or remodeling your existing bathroom follow the guidelines set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Allow plenty of clear floor space to maneuver a wheelchair through the door and around the bathroom.
Existing bathrooms can be renovated with a few simple adjustments or completely remodeled into a luxurious handicapped assessable bathroom.
Plan and Design Your Accessible Bathroom
- Walk-in Tubs
- Roll-in Showers
- Tub Chairs – Shower Chairs
- Anti-scald Faucets
- Hand Held Shower Heads
- Single Lever Faucets
- Accessible Sinks and Vanities
- Raised Toilet Seats
- Grab bars and Shower Rails
- Wider Doors
- Angled Mirrors
- Automatic Soap Dispensers
There are many innovative designs today to achieve the handicapped bathroom that you desire.
- Start with a list of your needs and wants.
- Study the products that are available.
- Work with a CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) to achieve the best design for your needs.
Working with a Small Budget
Many older bathrooms can easily and inexpensively be updated with adaptable items such as a raised toilet seat, tub chair, and expandable door hinges.
Plan and design a safe and accessible handicapped bathroom. Use the guidelines provided by the ADA (Americans with Disability Act) to modify, remodel, or build a handicapped bathroom.
Updating to a Handicapped Bathroom
Update your current bathroom to accommodate a person who needs handicap accessibility by following the quick and easy tips below. These tips are for a simple handicapped bathroom update for someone who may have a temporary need or is on a budget.
Raise the height of the toilet seat. The toilet should be at a comfort height that is between 17 inches and 19 inches. This can be accomplished by installing an elevated raised toilet seat. These toilet seats replace the current toilet seat that you have on your toilet. Some of these seats come with grab bars.
Install grab bars next to the toilet and in the shower and tub. Be sure to install the grab bars into the studs in the wall. There are bathtub safety hand rails that attach to the tub for temporary use.
Use a shower seat or tub seat when bathing. These seats are waterproof and provide comfort and safety when bathing.
Install a hand held shower head in the shower. Convert your current shower head to a handheld model. Choose a model that has the controls on the handle if the unit.
Increase the width of the bathroom entry door by installing expandable door hinges. This type of hinge adds 2” to any doorway opening. They are easy to install by using the same screws and holes as your existing hinge.
- Replace the faucet with single lever faucet.
- Use a handicap slip proof shower mat in areas that may get wet.
- Remove area rugs and clutter from the bathroom.
These are some quick and easy solutions to turning a regular bathroom into an accessible handicapped bathroom.
Video: Remodeling a Handicapped Bathroom